Symposia and Lectures

Ellen Ecker Ogden


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ellen Ecker Ogden, author of The Complete Kitchen Garden and professional kitchen garden designer, returns to Fernwood for a day of exploring and designing inspirational and artful kitchen gardens. As co-founder of The Cook's Garden seed catalog, America’s premier source for seeds and plants, Ellen combines her artistic background with her love of growing and cooking from the garden. She will share classic garden design techniques to help you visualize the garden of your dreams.

Ellen writes about food and gardens for cooks who love to garden. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Country Gardens, Organic Gardening, Eating Well, Better Homes and Gardens, and The Boston Globe, among others. She has been a guest on HGTV’s Gardening by the Yard as The Baroness of Basil and on PBS Victory Garden.

The Art of Growing Food: Lecture and Book Signing 
10:00–11:30 am

In this popular lecture, participants will be inspired to elevate an ordinary vegetable garden to extraordinary. A true kitchen garden opens your senses in new and inspiring ways, both in the garden and in the kitchen. Discover fresh ideas for how to combine classic design with practical technique to enhance your own design for an elegant edible garden. $20 (Members $16) Register by February 27.

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Lunch with a Tastemaker
11:30 am–12:30 pm

Enjoy a delicious lunch with Ellen prepared by Fernwood’s Chef Tim Carrigan featuring recipes from her cookbook, The Complete Kitchen Garden. Taste the flavor of seasonally inspired food to start the spring season. $30 (Members $24) Register by February 25.

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Hands-on Design Workshop
1:00–4:00 pm

Work one-on-one with Ellen to think about fresh ways to grow an edible garden that are both productive and beautiful. Bring photos for sharing and anticipate individual attention. You will leave with a plan for how to grow an elegant edible garden! (Prerequisite: The Art of Growing Food Lecture) $40 (Members $32) Register by February 25.

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The Artful Edible Experience
Enjoy all three programs with Ellen at a discounted rate. $85 (Members $68) Register by February 25.

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Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am–4:30pm

Join Fernwood to explore how an intimate understanding of plants can create stunningly beautiful and environmentally sensitive gardens. Lunch prepared by Fernwood’s Chef Tim Carrigan. 

Presented in Partnership with:

Garden Design   

 Michigan State University

Stonehouse Nursery


Featured Sessions:

Gardening For Climate Change 

James Barilla teaches creative nonfiction and environmental writing in the MFA program at the University of South Carolina. James will explore what it means to garden in our time of extraordinary and unpredictable climate.  

A Vision for the Future

Benjamin Futa, Fernwood’s Head of Horticulture, will unveil the new Master Plan for Fernwood’s gardens and grounds developed by MTR Landscape Architects based in Pittsburgh, PA. 

International Inspiration 

Carolyn Mullet, a garden designer from Washington DC, designs spare, lean, sustainable modern gardens. Along with that, she explores the delight that plants bring to client’s lives and her own. Carolyn will be exploring plant-driven garden designs from around the world. 

Plant Driven Design: Creating Gardens that Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit

Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden are nationally renowned garden designers who emphasize diverse plantings, sustainability, and site sensitivity. This presentation will explore the Ogden’s unique approach to creating gardens. The Ogdens and their work have been featured on TV and in print, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, and Horticulture.

Includes reserved, front-row seating, a special private lunch with all four Symposium speakers, and reserved copies (should you wish to purchase them) of each author’s recent book(s). 

$120 per ticket (Members $100)

Regular Symposium Package 

 Register on or before March 15 $85 (Members $68). Discount will be given upon registration.

Register between March 16–20 $95 (Members $76)



Spring Garden Festival: Plant Sale and MORE!

May 2, 2015

Celebrate spring in the garden at this new and one-of-a-kind horticultural event open to gardeners of all experiences. The Festival features a rich blend of local vendors specializing in unique and artfully grown plant material, hand-crafted artwork for the garden, lectures from leading industry experts, and hands-on workshops. Advance tickets may be purchased on Fernwood’s website, and a complete listing of lectures, workshops, and vendors will be available on Fernwood’s website after April 1
Lectures include:

"Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design" with Chris Woods, Founding Executive Director of Chanticleer Pleasure Garden in Wayne, PA

"Captivating Containers" with Dan Benarcik, currently a gardener at Chanticleer

Gregg Tepper, a native plant enthusiast who will be talking about the "Sensory Experience of Native Plants." 

Watch for further details as they become available. 


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